The Origins and Journey of 'Carl's Glass Gems' Rainbow Corn

Cherokee rare corn farmer Carl Barnes spent years isolating Native American corn varieties to save a lost heritage, ultimately preserving his glass gem corn seed.

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This remarkable rainbow corn is 'Carl's Glass Gems,' selected by Native American corn expert Carl Barnes.
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This is 'Carl's Dark Rainbow' corn, developed by Carl Barnes.
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A closeup image of 'Carl's Glass Gems' rainbow corn.
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'Baby Colors' rainbow corn is named for its softer pastel colors.
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This 'Clear Celeste' corn variety seems to glow with a light from within.
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The 'Glassy Emerald' rainbow corn displays a range of greens and golds.
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This ghostly variation called 'Transparent Gems' offers an array of pale whites, grays and blues.
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The glittering silk of a young 'Carl's Glass Gems' corn plant signals the variety's new beginning.
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This stunning display of golds constitutes 'Montezuma's Platinum' rainbow corn.
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The 'Blue Pearls' rainbow corn.
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'Blue Pearls' variety, still in the husk, reveals the beauty of matured silk.
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'Carl's Dark Rainbow' corn, developed by Native American corn expert Carl Barnes.
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A trio of  'Carl's Glass Gems' corn.
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